Carmageddon Buzzkill Alert: 405 Could Re-Open Early if Work Gets Done

We've been so pumped for 53-hours of being unable to drive on the 405 between the 101 and the 10, that to hear they could re-open the normally-busy freeway earlier than scheduled is almost a letdown. However, Carmageddon could screech to a halt before 6 a.m. Monday morning, if the contractor "can finish and clean up the pavement ahead of schedule," reports L.A. Now.

A rep for the contractor, Kiewit Infrastructure West Co., says they'll be monitoring the progress of the demolition of the Mulholland Bridge, and by Sunday afternoon or evening should know if opening back up to traffic ahead of the plan is possible.

Besides getting Angelenos off their case and calling it a day early, though, there's no incentive for the contractors to get the job done early. There won't be any bonuses for an ahead-of-schedule finish, but they will get docked $6000 per every ten minutes they are late past the re-opening deadline.

Of course, if this happens, what will all of us "pussified" Americans panic about for that now-Carmageddon-free time? Bacon, maybe?